Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Where Writers Write: Andrez Bergen

Welcome to TNBBC's brand new blog feature!

Where Writers Write is a weekly series that will feature a different author every Wednesday as they showcase their writing spaces using short form essay, photos, and/or video. As a lover of books and all of the hard work that goes into creating them, I thought it would be fun to see where some of TNBBC's favorite authors roll up their sleeves and make the magic happen. 

To kick it all off, here's Andrez Bergen!! Andrez made his TNBBC debut back in January for our Indie Spotlight series, where he shared how his book Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat came to be. He is Senior Writer and Editor at Impact Magazine (UK) and Writer and Editor at Forces of Geek. His new novel, 100 Years of Vicissitude is coming soon.

Where Andrez Bergen Writes

It's so clean and crisp
You're looking at the sum total of my current working space, a square metre or so of territory that I grudgingly share with my wife Yoko and, occasionally, with my six-year-old daughter Cocoa. I've been using it since about 2006, and the limited space does have its benefits - sometimes I feel like I'm a cramped X-Wing pilot, dodging the wide world and distractions around me. The kitchenette is just behind (to my left) and the TV and stereo are just to my right. The three of us share an apartment that is thirty-three square metres in size, so the place does get rowdy and it's a little... er... little.

Just a little space of his own

Around the working space (or cubby hole, more like it), I have pictures of Cocoa as a baby, and another photo of Yoko and my best friend in Australia, Briony. There's a Tony Tony Chopper mascot (from 'One Piece'), a small book case (with CDs, DVDs, paperwork, dusty old manuscripts, and manga in it), and a poster from one of the hilarious old '70s Japanese Bōsōzoku biker romps - along with Christmas lights that we haven't removed since December.

Sneak peek at the new book cover
You'll usually find me here after 4:00 a.m. most mornings now, pottering on stuff, writing and the music I do as Little Nobody - with a couple of mugs of very strong black coffee to nurse me through the wee hours! Clothes-wise, I'll wear whatever's comfy. When you're sitting for hours on a hard Fritz Hansen Series 7 chair (my wife's choice), you need good padding. Sadly, no rituals are performed here. There's no space to swing a black cat.

Check back next week to see where Patrick Wensink works HIS magic!!


  1. Oh, you rock - ta, Lori. Love the extra-added flavour! ;)

  2. Yea! I love this series. It also has the added benefit of maybe stopping people from always asking writers at readings: Where do you write? Computer or typewriter? Because I seriously might start screaming like a banshee the next time this question pops up at a reading. I will then direct them to your site. :)

    And wow, Andrez. Impressive that you can work in such a tight spot!